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CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and the UA Poetry Center are collaborating to bring Chris Martin to Tucson for a week-long, immersive teacher training on Poetry & Autism June 18-22 with a Saturday parent experience on June 23rd.

“Recent studies have shown that poetry is often the most direct linguistic expression for many on the autism spectrum. Poet and Unrestricted Interest co-founder Chris Martin will present a series of five pedagogy workshops for teachers and other professionals focused on the power of poetry to transform the lives of students with autism. Learn why poetry is an ideal teaching tool for students with autism and how you can use it to turn a student’s restricted interest into a portal for discovery. The poems your students write will serve as unparalleled advocacy tools in and out of the classroom, forging a path of expression that can lead to greater autonomy, confidence, and engagement.”

Registration fee for the teacher workshops is $150.  Class meeting times will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 6/18-22, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Read more at Professional Development Session: How poetry can help ASD students reach their expressive potential.  Registration will go live on April 13th.

Chris Martin will also be leading a workshop for ASD students of all ages and parents on Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Read more at Workshop for Families & Autistic Spectrum Disorder Students.  Registration fee for this workshop is $25.